@JackDeGioia makes it into the Chronicle of Higher Ed, admins threatening to take him down
They just published a story on university presidents with twitter impressionists, based almost entirely on JackDeGioia, the brainchild of Georgetown Heckler Editor (and recent Vox guest poster!) Jack Stuef.
The Twitter account identified as belonging to Georgetown University’s president, John J. DeGioia, features frank admissions about the mundane details of running a modern academic institution. Last week, for instance, the microblogger wrote that his face was tired from all the “fake-smiling” during graduation events. The PR office can’t possibly approve, right?
Right. And neither does Mr. DeGioia. The Twitter account, which points to the president’s real home page, is produced by a prankster.
Usually we’d be psyched about the press, but the article reports something sinister, too:
Georgetown leaders have likewise asked Twitter to remove the fake account for Mr. DeGioia. “We think it violates their terms of service,” said Andy Pino, Georgetown’s director of media relations. “We think the author has not made it explicitly clear that he is not Mr. DeGioia.
Oh, c’mon Georgetown! Where will we get all our insights into DeGioia’s gustatory preferences if you take it down? Where will we get up-to-date information about new working groups? Clearly, this is only a violation of Twitter’s terms of service if they prohibit awesomeness.